The First Day of Summer 

A longing to be free again Away from this blank palette So many weeks of hiding Habits of the dark and cold Recycled air, recycle thoughts Broken by the obligation How long would this last without distraction? And so, I travel across the land Observing the food growing just beside me Only a few to […]

10,000 Miles

Driving a car has been a cultural phenomenon in this country for many years.  The history is long and usually disturbing; however, my experience has been overall positive.  I purchased a new car after my previous car was flooded in one of those famous Florida hurricanes.  That car barely made it to 10,000 miles, and […]

The Year of Two Weddings

I will admit this season has been a tough one for me with ever-changing societal rules and work schedules.  The need for a break in the depths of winter is nothing new.  The plane from Chicago to Tampa was packed and for a moment I almost forgot I was a Florida native.  It is hard […]

[Virtual] Reality

More people on the road this day  If only I could find my way  Unaccustomed to a long commute  I journey on without a suit  The threshold warns of the old rules  If only they would apply in schools  I hear voices, unburdened from wearing a mask  I try to focus on my task  Meeting […]

Emotional Frostbite

The constant change is all aroundExcept the snow that’s on the groundEach day the same inside my homeAll I want to do is roam More people sick than I can countThe numbers always seem to mountAnd so I hide behind my wallsNo one to see, no one to call I build a world inside a […]

2021 Review and 2022 Goals 

Professional Life:  2021:  My day-to-day work life did not have a dramatic change like it did back in 2020.  I am still under the same larger department, but the product line is more streamlined.  Instead of handling individual’s money, I am working with business owners to offer their employees life insurance.  In my previous role, there were at least five different […]

First Day of School

A slowly rising alarm breaks my restless sleep on my first day.  I go to the window to open the curtain and I am greeted by pure darkness.  Artificial light is my early morning companion.  Following my normal routine of making a large breakfast brings a sense of stability to this rather odd day.  I make my way onto the interstate […]

Slow Processing

Hazel eyes stare into a virtual worldSocial guidelines restrict movementWeather brings darkness, even at middayThis is not a temporary fantasyNo willpower can resolveHope for a certain future waversDeeper still into the depthsMental acuity replaced with foggy uncertaintyThe pounding rain intensifiesMatching the turmoilModern conveniences offer no respiteHuman contact awaits